If you haven’t seen us before, here’s a short video of what to expect at your first osteopathy appointment.
When you first visit us, we will ask you about your current symptoms and medical history. This will help us to make an accurate diagnosis. It is natural to worry about what may be causing your symptoms, and we can discuss any concerns during your consultation. We will conduct a routine examination and discuss with you what we believe is causing your symptoms and the best course of action to be taken. If we believe osteopathic treatment is appropriate, we will discuss and agree a treatment plan with you.
We will normally begin your treatment at your first appointment. You may experience mild discomfort afterwards, but in most cases this will resolve within 24 hours. Treatment may require several visits, three to six visits are often needed. You are welcome to bring someone else with you to your consultation.
As part of your consultation we will examine the areas of your body causing discomfort, and may undertake tests such as taking your blood pressure or testing your reflexes. It may be necessary to ask you to remove some clothing so we can assess the areas of your body causing concern. If you are uncomfortable undressing to your underwear, you can bring clothing such as shorts, t-shirt or close fitting garments that will enable us to work effectively without making you feel uncomfortable.
We will be feeling for changes in your muscles and joints, assessing your posture and the way you move. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, so we may need to examine your whole body. Occasionally we may recommend that you consult your GP or another appropriate healthcare professional for further tests or onward care.
Osteopathic care is based on the individual needs of the patient and so varies depending on your age, fitness levels and diagnosis. We use a wide range of gentle hands on techniques that focus on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilising joints. This is often used together with exercise and advice designed to help you relieve or manage your pain, keep active and maintain the best of health.
Occasionally osteopathic techniques can result in an audible ‘click’, this is perfectly normal. Research has shown that manipulations can have beneficial effects, especially for back pain. The health risks associated with having osteopathic treatment are extremely low. If you have any concerns about your treatment we will be happy to discuss these with you.